Chelsea and Manchester United top football boffins’ chart of this season’s biggest transfer spenders… but can YOU name the three English clubs outside the Big Six who’ve outspent Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich?
- Chelsea and Man United have been football’s biggest spenders this season
- Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have also splashed the cash
- But three English clubs spent more than the European trio, can you name them?
Chelsea‘s American owner Todd Boehly has flexed his financial muscle this season after the Blues forked out an eye-watering £489million on 15 players during the current and last summer’s transfer windows.
Having nearly reached the half a billion mark on transfer fees (including add-ons), the west London are comfortably football’s biggest spenders over the last year.
The arrivals of Mykhailo Mudryk (£88m), Benoit Badiashile (£35m), Noni Madueke (£26m), Andrey Santos (£18m), David Datro Fofana (£8m) and Joao Felix (£9m loan fee) in this month alone have heavily contributed to Chelsea’s huge transfer bill, which has seen them shell out more than double that of the next biggest spenders – Manchester United.
Chelsea have forked out an eye-watering £489million on 15 players this season
Man United are the next biggest spenders, having paid £239m on transfers since last summer
United have spent a total of £239m on seven players, with the Red Devils continuing to back manager Erik ten Hag in the market.
While they’ve signed eight fewer players than Chelsea, they’ve spent £155m on two players alone, with Antony (£86m) and Casemiro (£70m) both arriving for huge sums.
The findings from CIES Football Observatory’s latest study isn’t all that surprising, given how Chelsea and United have never been afraid to fork out big money to sign a player.
But the three other clubs that make up the top five may come as a shock to some.
Bayern Munich are one of Germany’s and Europe’s biggest spenders in the last year
European giants Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich sit just outside the top five, despite still paying large sums over the two windows, while it is predictably three Premier League clubs who snatch the remaining top five spots.
But Tottenham, Manchester City, nor Liverpool…